Athletics are a way of life at
the Academy.

The United States Air Force Academy fields 29 different men's and women's intercollegiate sports — but that's not all. Every cadet plays on an intramural team, physical education is part of the curriculum, and physical fitness is tested each quarter. So get on your game.


Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of the curriculum at the United States Air Force Academy. As a cadet, you will be required to take a total of 10 physical education courses. To fulfill this requirement, every cadet takes a minimum of 1.0 semester hours of PE courses in each of their four academic years. Participation in intramural athletics, limited on-season clubs or intercollegiate athletics is also required in each of the eight academic semesters.

There are 26 PE course offerings. They are divided between six disciplines as shown below. You must take all six Core PE courses, two Core Electives and two Open Electives to meet your PE requirement. It is important to note that these classes, such as water survival, are not chosen arbitrarily or as a rite of passage. Rather, all of the required core courses were specifically chosen for their value to officer development and their usefulness to a military career.

*These are 40-lesson, 3.0 semester hour academic elective courses. Note that these courses do not count toward completing the physical education core curriculum.

PE Course Offerings
Combatives
   
Core (6) Core Electives (2) Open Electives (2)
Boxing (Male) / Intro to Combatives (Female)
Unarmed Combat I
Unarmed Combat II
Developmental
 
Core (6) Core Electives (2) Open Electives (2)
Physical Development
Aquatics
 
Core (6) Core Electives (2) Open Electives (2)
Swimming
Water Survival
Scuba
Team  

Core (6) Core Electives (2) Open Electives (2)
Basketball
Soccer
Softball
Volleyball
Second Team – same electives
Lifetime  

Core (6) Core Electives (2) Open Electives (2)
Golf
Racquetball
Rock Climbing
Tennis
Second Lifetime
Golf
Racquetball
Tennis
Academic    
Core (6) Core Electives (2) Open Electives (2)
Exercise Physiology*
Independent Research*
Introduction to Sport Administration*

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